Seychelles closed their 2011 Regatta saying that they recorded another great success on the world sailing calender. The best world-class sailors traveled to Seychelles to participate in the island’s 2011 Regatta, and
among them this year were Loic Peyron, Michel Desjoyeaux, Samantha Davies, Jeremie Beyou, Francois Gabart, Armel Le Cleac’h, Romain Attanasio, and the popular Servanne.
Alain St.Ange, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, addressed the closing ceremony where all the international sailors and the crew, sponsors, and race officials and organizers had gathered in the presence of the French Ambassador, Mr. Philippe Delacroix, and Madame Delacroix and Mr. Barry Faure, the Secretary of State in the President’s Office who is also the Chairman of the Seychelles Tourism Board.
“We have just ended another great event, and on behalf of the Tourism Board, I say again thank you to all the internationally-known sailors who have again traveled to Seychelles. You had ordered perfect weather and good wind, and these Seychelles duly delivered. You had a perfect race across our picturesque islands, you were able to appreciate our creole welcome, and discovered Seychelles from the sea; we hope you will all leave us as true ambassadors who will spread the good times you enjoyed in Seychelles to the four corners of the world,” Alain St.Ange said.
The 2011 Seychelles Regatta was decided on the last leg of the race, and seconds only seperated the first-placed boat from the second. “The Regatta has become a tough competition, and it gets more and more a battle of wits and experience,” said Regis Elhaouel.
The Seychelles Regatta has the spirit of “camaraderie” and togetherness for the cause of the sport of sailing displayed alongside the competitive spirit. “Seychelles was conceived with sailors in mind,” Alain St.Ange had said at the official opening of the Regatta, and many of the sailors and their crew have confirmed that the race around the island of Mahe and then on to Praslin and La Digue were the most pleasing setting. “The seas are clean and clear, the coves and bays are some of the nicest in the world, and the weather just perfect,” said one of the internationally-classed sailor.